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Lightning Challenge at Island Garden

193 girls teams only and 65 college coaches last year  This will be the 24th year of the Lightning Challenge #1 brought to you by Lightning Basketball and Coaches Choice USA.  Our 15u and 16u divisions will also feature an Elite bracket and will have maximum exposure to college coaches.  Hotel information will be available soon. Sign up early as this event sells out every year!   

  • Girls only

  • Grades 4th-12th 

  • A/B/C ability level(s)

  • $495.00 entry fee

  • 4 games guaranteed

  • Divisions Formed by Grade and Strength 

  • Referees & Scorekeepers Provided by Island Garden 

  • Convenient Scheduling

  • Scheduling Requests Accepted (Policy attached)

  • Easy Online Registration & Payment Options

  • Multiple Team Discount Packages 

Site Addresses:

Island Garden– 45 Cherry Valley Ave. West Hempstead NY 11552

Northsport– 469 Fort Salonga Rd Northport NY 11768

Coastal Sports/SUSA– 114 Parkway Dr. South Hauppauge NY 11788

LIU CW Post– 720 Northern Blvd Brookville NY 11548

St. Dominics High School– 110 Anstice St Oyster Bay NY 11771

Chaminade High School– 311 Jericho Turnpike Mineola, NY 11501 

Garden City Recreation Center/St Pauls– 295 Stewart Avenue Garden City, New York 11530



Admissions info:  

FRI.   4/8       $4.00    ALL AGES


SAT.   4/9      $8.00   Adults

                      $5.00   Seniors, Students & Military  


SUN  4/10    $8.00   Adults

                      $5.00  Seniors, Students & Military

*Seniors 65 and over with ID

*Students are 17  and under

*Children 4 and under Free

About CaptainU: Over 2 million high school athletes have used their platform to promote themselves to college programs. Currently, over 3,000 athletes commit to colleges each month using CaptainU. Their networking platform provides players and parents a tool to manage the college recruiting process and maximize their exposure to college coaches at the upcoming tournament.  Click on the link below and get started on a FREE profile today. 

Team Coaches/Managers


College Coaches

Hotel Information

Lightning Challenge has partnered with Apex Events to provide you with the best accommodations at the best rates in the West Hempstead, NY area. Please click the link below to review the rates and amenities at each hotel and to confirm your room. If you have any questions, please email or call 570-709-2478. 



April 14-15, 2018 



Headquarters: Island Garden 
45 Cherry Valley Ave
West Hempstead, NY 11552 USA






Jon Lawniczak 315-945-9091


 Tom Sclafani 732-501-4155


 Myndi Hill 917-608-7801

Our policy:  Scheduling requests will be guaranteed when submitted 30 days prior to the event.  If a request is submitted within 29 days of the event, there is a possibility that we will not be able to accommodate the request.  Refunds on team entry fees will be given up to 21 days prior to the event.  Credits to attend another event will be extended from 10 days to 21 days before the event.   No refunds or credits will be issued to a team that pulls out of an event 9 days before the event is scheduled.  

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